Pennsylvania Fundraising Licensing

Resources for charities, businesses, professional fundraisers, and individuals conducting charitable solicitation activities
View Guide Contents

Below, you'll find licensing requirements for a range of fundraising activities. At a glance, you can see requirements, fees, filing instructions, and links to forms for everything from charitable gaming and cause marketing to professional fundraisers and charitable gift annuities.

Make sure your fundraising activities meet the unique requirements of each jurisdiction where you’re soliciting. Feel free to explore, bookmark, and share!

Pennsylvania charitable solicitation license, Pennsylvania fundraising license
Filter LicensesClear Filters
Company Licenses
(1)
(1)
(2)
(1)
(1)
(1)
Individual Licenses
(1)

Company Licenses

Pennsylvania Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Pennsylvania Charitable Gaming Licenses

Not required



Bingo licenses and small games of chance licenses are issued at the county level in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Not required



No filing is required, but charities need to meet certain conditions before issuing charitable gift annuities. Pennsylvania certain charities from insurance regulation related to charitable gift annuities if they meet the description offered in section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, have been in continuous existence for at least 3 years, and have unrestricted assets of at least $100,000 plus half of the principal value of issued annuities. The charity must also be an educational institution, hospital, senior citizen center, religious institution, or charitable organization registered with the department of state.

Pennsylvania Charitable Organization Registration

Agency:Pennsylvania Department of State - Bureau of Charitable Organizations
Law:

10 Pennsylvania Statutes, Chapter 4B, § 162.1 - 162.7

Automatic Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

If your organization is based in Pennsylvania, it may still be required to file an Institutions of Purely Public Charity Statement.

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Instructions: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$15-250, depending on gross contributions

Notes:
  • Read the exemptions chart carefully and check to see if you still need to file the Institutions of Purely Public Charity Statement.
  • Note the list of attachments that first-time registrants must attach to the application.
  • Some Pennsylvania counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$15-250, depending on gross contributions

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Penalties: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • The renewal due date is indicated on the certificate of registration you receive after your initial filing. It is based on your fiscal year end.
  • You must attach an annual financial report.
  • Even if you are exempt, you still may need to file annually under Pennsylvania’s Purely Public Charity Act.

Change of Fiscal Year

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

Varies

Notes:

Fiscal year can be changed during the standard renewal process.

Pennsylvania Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



Pennsylvania does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for commercial co-venturers, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

Registration Not Required

Not required



Pennsylvania Institution of Purely Public Charity Registration

Agency:Pennsylvania Department of State - Bureau of Charitable Organizations
Law:

10 P.S. § 371. et seq.

Notes:

Organizations that are not required to register under the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act but meet the definition of a purely public charity, as defined in The Institutions of Purely Public Charity Act, should register as an institution of public charity instead of registering as a charitable organization.

Registration to Obtain Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Renewal to Maintain Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$15

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$15

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Pennsylvania Professional Fundraising Counsel Registration

Agency:Pennsylvania Department of State - Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$250

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$250

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Pennsylvania Professional Solicitor Registration

Agency:Pennsylvania Department of State - Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations
Bond Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

This registration also applies to sole proprietors doing business as professional solicitors.

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$250

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$250

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Contract Filing

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$25

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Financial Reporting

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Individual Licenses

Pennsylvania Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Pennsylvania Individual Professional Fundraiser Registration

Not required



Solicitors who are not employed by a professional fundraising firm but operate independently may be required to register. Employees of professional fundraising firms are generally not required to register as an individual solicitor in Pennsylvania.

Registration Not Required

Not required



Learn about fundraising in other states:

© 2012 - 2019 Harbor Compliance. All rights reserved. Harbor Compliance does not provide tax, financial, or legal advice. Use of our services does not create an attorney-client relationship. Harbor Compliance is not acting as your attorney and does not review information you provide to us for legal accuracy or sufficiency. Access to our website is subject to our Terms of Use and Service Agreement.